It temporarily blinds anybody who is facing and/or near the explosion.
In an update in CS:GO, there is now an "animation" that specifically displays players who are heavily blinded from a flashbang. Those affected will have an arm partially covering the eyes.
When held, the player's movement speed is 250 units per second, meaning they suffer no speed reduction.
- Blinds enemies
- It makes a loud noise (Deleted Scenes and Counter-Strike: Source only)
- Easily flushes out small, enemy-concentrated areas
- Two can be carried (in previous games and in competitive mode of CS:GO.) Meanwhile, five flashbangs can be stored in Deleted Scenes.
- One of the cheapest grenades in the Counter-Strike series
- Players can still move around and use their weapons
- Blinded players will often spray, so getting close to a blinded enemy can be risky
- A high chance of flashing and blinding your own teammates and even yourself.
- Cause no damage to enemies (In CS:S and CS:GO, if you throw Flashbang at someone, it causes 1 damage and it is able to kill them.).
- Not very effective against enemies who are far away (they may only be blinded for one second).
- Not very useful in open areas.
- Flashbangs in tight corridors cannot be easily avoided unless the enemy quickly retreats, or if you throw into a wrong corner.
- Use these stun grenades in closed rooms to create confusion among enemy players. Blinded players are easy targets and can hardly react so finish them off quickly although, some enemies will blindly spray.
- Using a Flashbang is extremely helpful against campers.
- Throw a flashbang at areas wherever suspected enemy gunfire is heard as this can offer you the chance to eliminate blinded targets, give more room to escape, or even move around them if you think that you can avoid their bullets.
- Try to throw a flashbang when enemies are occupied and do not notice you, specifically from behind. Generally, if friendly fire is enabled, groups of opposing team members will normally be very reluctant to fire their weapons thus making it easier for you to eliminate them.
- You can use the wall-bouncing tactic to throw the flashbang without exposure to enemy fire, but careful though, you might flash yourself.
- Run if a thrown flashbang is spotted.
- Looking away from a flashbang when it explodes will reduce its effect on you. However, be warned that enemies may take advantage of this and they can eliminate you if your view is not set upon assailants.
- If you have been blinded by a flashbang, you can either fire your weapon continuously at the direction of suspected enemy positions (although it may lead your team members to being injured if friendly fire is enabled), throw a flashbang of your own, or retreat and find cover.
- Experienced players will usually burst-fire their weapon (if they suspect enemies have seen them before a flashbang went off) and retrace their steps to find adequate cover. If done correctly, enemies may search the area and not be able to figure out that targets had previously occupied that section.
Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveEdit
| Blind Ambition|
Kill 25 enemies blinded by flashbangs.
| Blind Fury|
Kill an enemy while you are blinded from a flashbang .
| Spray and Pray|
Kill two enemies while you are blinded from a flashbang .
| Blind Ambition|
Kill a total of 25 enemy players blinded by flashbangs.
| Blind Fury|
Kill an enemy player while you are blinded from a flashbang.
| Spray and Pray|
Kill two enemy players while you are blinded from a flashbang.
- In Beta 1.0, Flashbang's behavior was close to that of Half-Life's grenade, as you were able to cook the grenade. However, if you cooked it too long it exploded in your hands, thus blinding yourself.
- Like every other grenade in real life, Flashbang had an ability to release shrapnel when it exploded. However, it was the only grenade to have such an ability, it also could be fit for HE grenade. This ability for Flashbang was removed when Beta 6.0 came out.
- There are references to this weapon in the Left 4 Dead game files, hinting that it may have been planned to appear in said game at some point.
- The database file name for this equipment is flashbang.
- The hotkey for this weapon is b83 or o3 (by default).
- Depending on how much the victim is affected, it takes at least 15 seconds maximum to fully-recover from a flashbang effect in the Counter-Strike series.
- Another name for the flashbang is a stun grenade.
- Before Counter-Strike Source, the flashbangs could only blind players. Later on, flashbangs were given the ability to both hamper the sight and hearing of affected players.
- In real life, a flashbang can blind for up to 20 minutes - this was not incorporated into the game for obvious balance reasons.
- In some rare situations, if a player is right in front a flashbang that is about to explode, other players who witness the blocking player may actually not be affected by the stun grenade.
- The effects of a Flashbang is not affected with the option "friendly fire" even if it was disabled. It will still blind your teammates.
- It is possible to kill enemy players with 1 health point throwing a flashbang at them in Counter-Strike: Source. The same happens with the smoke grenade.
- When you kill someone with the flashbang (doing the described above), the HUD icon will be much larger compared to icons of other grenades and weapons.
- When blinded in Counter-Strike: Source, the player will hear a bleep sound which is reused from Half-Life 2 when the player is injured with explosive weapons.
- Only one flashbang can be purchased/obtained in casual mode of Global Offensive. Meanwhile, two can be obtained in competitive mode.
- Flashbang at Wikipedia